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‘Know Before You Throw’ this Holiday Season

Before you bag up the wrapping paper, boxes and bows and head to the recycling bin, take a minute to know what is actually recyclable! 

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) is asking residents to help spread joy this holiday season by remembering to “Know Before You Throw.”

Extra boxes, bags and bubble wrap

As a result of an increase in materials such as wrapping paper, boxes and bubble wrap, the number of unaccepted items included within curbside recycling containers rises significantly. “By properly sorting household materials,” DPW says, residents can “ensure an effective recycling program and maintain a cleaner, more sustainable environment.”

To make it easy to recycle whenever possible, DPW has launched the new Recycle Coach App — available for download through App Store or Google Play. Recycle Coach provides instant information regarding household waste management, a curbside calendar complete with collection schedule reminders and changes and a searchable database of items that provides the proper way to dispose of them. 

Meet the Binjamins

The department also offers a holiday video featuring its “spokes family,” the Binjamins, who demonstrate where to throw holiday materials when the celebrations come to an end.

Know Before you Throw

Tossing even just one unacceptable item, like a plastic bag or Styrofoam, into a recycling container can result in it getting tagged and left uncollected at the curb. DPW also asks residents to manage the influx of recycling they have this season by putting overflow recyclables into a container of choice and marking all sides with an “X” to alert the collections crew that it contains household recyclables. Residents may also drop off extra recyclables at a County Recycling Center or spread out the volume of recyclables over a few collections.

For more information about proper curbside and on-site disposal habits, residents should visit www.DPWandYOU.com.

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